All women go through menopause, however, some are very fortunate not to be bothered by the change in life at all. Most women, however, suffer from a few or all the symptoms, such as: night sweats, mood swings, hair loss, achy joints, weight gain, hot flashes, fatigue, and brain fog. Unfortunately, these symptoms can have an affect on your quality of life.
If you suffer from perimenopause or menopause you can simply change a few things in your diet that can make quite a difference in the way you feel, as well as lessen these terrible symptoms.
Here are a few foods you may want to avoid, as these can make menopause symptoms worse:
- Soy products – even though you’ve been lead to believe soy is a healthy choice…it’s not. It wreaks havoc on your hormones. Avoid it at all costs.
- Sugar – not only does it cause issues with blood glucose levels, it can lead to weight gain, bloating and trigger hot flashes.
- Caffeine – can trigger hot flashes
- Alcohol – can affect your quality of sleep and trigger hot flashes
- Salt and salty snack – can trigger night sweats, bloating, water retention and weight gain.
- Spicy foods – can trigger hot flashes
To combat menopause symptoms here’s a few foods to add to your diet (ensure they are organic and non -GMO):
- More complex carbs like organic buckwheat, brown rice, or quinoa to help you feel full longer and to balance blood sugar.
- Lean protein like organic chicken/turkey, grass fed beef, legumes/lentils, eggs, and dairy that are high in tryptophan and will help fight irritability and insomnia.
- More raw or steamed dark green leafy vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and nut butters that can help fight calcium loss and help your complexion look younger.
Eating a healthy well balanced diet will help tremendously in combating symptoms of menopause, but another key factor is exercise. Exercise will help keep your bones strong, increase your energy level, release endorphins to improve your sense of well being and aid in weight loss.